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NF Fact of the Day May 7th

 

Reggie and his mother

To diagnose NF1, a doctor looks for two or more of the following:

 

  • six or more light brown spots on the skin (often called “café-au-lait” spots), measuring more than 5 millimeters in diameter in children or more than 15 millimeters across in adolescents and adults
  • two or more neurofibromas, or one plexiform neurofibroma (a neurofibroma that involves many nerves)
  • freckling in the area of the armpit or the groin
  • two or more growths on the iris of the eye (known as Lisch nodules or iris hamartomas)
  • a tumor on the optic nerve (called an optic nerve glioma)
  • abnormal development of the spine (scoliosis), the temple (sphenoid) bone of the skull, or the tibia (one of the long bones of the shin)
  • a parent, sibling, or child with NF1